America’s Oldest Public Arboretum – The Arnold Arboretum in Boston
The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, located in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts, is the oldest public arboretum in the country. At this beautiful free public space, you will find 281 scenic acres of trees and shrubs. There are hundreds of different varieties of trees, all of which are conveniently labeled. Thus, this is a great activity for nature lovers, as well as an educational destination for anyone interested in botany.
The amazing bonsai collection
My favorite collection was definitely the Larz Anderson Bonsai Collection – I have always liked the amount of detail in each bonsai tree. Bonsai trees are a true art form that require much knowledge and patience. The ending result is a most unique miniature tree. Many of the trees are several hundreds years old! I also enjoyed the tall Dawn Redwood Trees and the scenic pond views throughout the arboretum.
A quick escape from urban life
The Arnold Arboretum is located about 20 minutes outside of downtown Boston. For tourists tired of history, crowds, and congestion, it is the perfect place to escape for a few hours of strolling or riding your bike. Relax and spend some time in nature, take photographs, and learn about new plants and trees. There are several benches located throughout if you would like to simply relax and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature. I had a great time learning about the different trees from all over the world.
A brief tour through the arboretum
I recommend visiting The Arnold Arboretum if you are a nature lover looking for a quiet, relaxing weekday or weekend afternoon. Visiting the arboretum is a great way to get in some exercise, learn about new plants and trees, and enjoy a beautiful summer day, all while taking in gorgeous views. A little bit of nature just outside of Boston – it’s the perfect place to decompress if just for a bit!
The Arnold Arboretum is located about 20 minutes from the downtown area. Free parking is available on the side streets near the entrance (there is no parking lot). Hours are from sunrise to sunset. Admission is Free. There is a visitor’s center, which is open from 9am-4pm (10-5 on weekends) from April-October. The Arnold Arboretum Horticultural Library is open by appt, Tuesday-Friday, from 10:00am-3:45pm.
Address: 125 Arborway, Boston, MA 02130